Eoin Cody of Kilkenny in action against Sean Downey of Laois during the Leinster GAA Hurling Senior Championship Round 2 match at UPMC Nowlan Park
Laois kept going until the very end but the result was never in doubt as Kilkenny sauntered to a 23 point victory over Laois in UPMC Nowlan Park.
Kilkenny were always in control with an Eoin Cody goal giving Brian Cody's team a 1-20 to 0-6 lead at the break with all of the starting forward line bar Billy Ryan getting on the scoreboard.
Although Kilkenny had the elements at their back in that opening half, it mattered little as they shot over points at will with the midfield pairing of Adrian Mullen and James Maher sharing eight points between them.
The game turned into a bit of a wide fest in the second half and with the Shamrocks Ballyhale pair of Eoin Cody and TJ Reid continuing to shoot the lights out, Kilkenny eased clear.
Paddy Purcell snagged a goal in the 56th minute but as Kilkenny emptied the bench, they finished in style with Tom Phelan getting a second goal for the winners.
Laois must lick their wounds after successive defeats, while Kilkenny celebrate two wins from two as they ready themselves for a huge battle with Galway in Salthill next Sunday.
Teams and Scorers
Kilkenny- TJ Reid 0-10(0-7f), Eoin Cody 1-5, Adrian Mullen 0-6, Walter Walsh 0-4, Padraig Walsh 0-4, Tom Phelan 1-1, John Donnelly 0-2, James Maher 0-2.
Laois- Paddy Purcell 1-2, (0-1f), PJ Scully 0-4 (0-4f), Cha Dwyer 0-3, James Keyes, Aidan Corby, Ryan Mullaney, Ciarán McEvoy, Ciarán Byrne 0-1 each.
Kilkenny- Eoin Murphy; Mikey Butler, Huw Lawlor, Tommy Walsh; Mikey Carey, Paddy Deegan, Conor Browne; James Maher, Adrian Mullen; Walter Walsh, Padraig Walsh, John Donnelly; Billy Ryan, TJ Reid, Eoin Cody.
Subs- Shane Walsh for Ryan h-t, Tom Phelan for Donnelly 46 mins, Richie Reid for Deegan 48 mins, Conor Delaney for Lawlor 56 mins, , Darragh Corcoran for T.Walsh 62 mins.
Laois- Enda Rowland; Donnchadh Hartnett, Sean Downey, Fiachra C. Fennell; Ryan Mullaney, Liam O'Connell; Ciaran McEvoy; Aidan Corby, Jack Kelly; Charles Dwyer, Paddy Purcell, James Keyes; Mark Dowling, Jordan Walsh, PJ Scully.
Subs- Ciaran Byrne for Walsh 44 mins, Eric Killeen for Corby 49 mins, Brandon McGinley for Dowling 57 mins, John Maher for Scully 68 mins, Padraic Dunne for O'Connell 68 mins.
Referee- Liam Gordon (Galway)
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